Arkansas man wanted for human trafficking in LouisianaUpdated: Apr 15, 2014 2:17 PM EDT
Written by: Travis Connelley - email
NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) -- Investigators from the Special Victims Unit of Louisiana State Police are searching for an Arkansas man, wanted for human trafficking in Louisiana. Emmanuel Bailey, 21, of Fort Smith, Arkansas was identified as a suspect and alleged pimp after an undercover prostitution sting that was conducted in March in the Baton Rouge area.
According to police, an online operation was performed by members of the Louisiana State Police, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Louisiana Attorney General's Office. The officers set up online solicitations at a local hotel in March 2014. Detectives made contact with a woman who offered to perform sexual acts for money. When confronted, she told police she was being forced into prostitution by her pimp. She said that she was threatened with physical harm and repercussions to her family if she did not participate. The woman identified Bailey as her pimp.
Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Bailey and are actively searching for him. "For as long as those individuals choosing to promote, solicit, and engage in sex crimes remain a threat to the safety of our citizens and visitors, Louisiana State Police will remain vigilant," said Colonel Mike Edmonson, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. "LSP will continue to investigate and partner with local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to bring these criminals to justice."
"Trafficking and the exploitation of individuals is a worldwide phenomenon requiring an urgent and effective response," East Baton Rouge Sheriff Sid Gautreaux said. "We will continue to work with our partners to develop procedures and processes aimed at identifying and responding to the victims of human trafficking and measures to tackle the issue. We will seek out the exploiters and bring them to justice."
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